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this is "world news." tonight, crawling home. pictures are streaming in from 4,200 people documenting a nightmare vacation. outdoor tents made from bed sheets. helicopters rushing supplies. lines for food. and a sign saying, sos. rebound. is the foreclosure crisis ending? what this means for the price of your home in the months ahead. stunning mystery. an olympian who inspired the world, charged with killing his girlfriend. what happened? and instant valentine? a new way to learn if one of the strangers around you is, in fact, the answer to your dreams. >> hi. >> how are you doing? >> nice to meet you.
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>> good to meet you too. good evening. as we come on the air, the 4,200 people stuck in that stranded cruise ship are finally scanning the horizon for land and sending pictures from their vacation nightmare. passengers crowding to see a chopper overheads as the ship krouls along as mile per hour, slower than you can walk. a tent city on deck, made out of sheets because of the conditions in the rooms below. long lines for food, passengers huddled in bath robes. there are also some concerns about stress and passenger health. abc's matt gutman starts us off with what's happening right now, matt? >> reporter: from a boat in the mobile bay, moments ago, we learned one of the passengers aboard the ship suffered a stroke and had to be medevacked.
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check out the tug boats, trying to nudge that ship ideas a quarter mile channel. veering either way and it could ground. tonight they're doing that in the dark. >> reporter: tonight, with the lame colossus finally within sight of land, we get our first look inside -- the grim ship's log. >> been shipwrecked for three days. >> reporter: the hours long lines for food, after eight full days at sea -- five of them without power and sanitation. sewage seeping down walls, and this sandaled foot testing urine soaked carpets. the images showing shanty towns that sprang up on decks -- tent cities that carnival has denied existed. outside, the foot checkered with towels and bedding. some unfurling white banners. right there, above the lettering -- i carnival triumph -- those dressed for the tropics, huddling in bathrobes and blankets against the cold. the ship has been tugging 350 miles from the gulf of mexico at a pace about as fast as you can
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walk. until? >> i think the tug line might have broken. carnival's terry thornton said today the company's doing all it can. >> there is no way we can actually speed up the process to get the ship alongside sooner. >> reporter: misery tempered by joy today. choppered in generators, charging cellphones. the voices of loved ones, finally in range. and remember mary? >> she said, mommy, i'm afraid i won't ever get to see you again. >> reporter: so worried about her daughter. today they spoke. >> it was amazing. the things that she saw and the things we talked about, those things were really happening. why? why were they not prepared? >> reporter: we tried to take that question to carnival's chief marketing officer -- instead of answering questions, he retreated. as did the senior vice president thornton. >> thank you for taking the time today. >> reporter: can you take some morey questions about --
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>> reporter: this odyssey could slip into its ninth day. this ship won't reach port until about midnight. carnival says it could take five more hours to unload some very weary passengers. >> thanks so much, matt. and i had a chance to talk to some of those passengers as they phoned up with harrowing stories. tell me how are you right now. >> i'm going along, on the edge here. one of my friends is really, really sick. >> is it serious? what's happened? >> she's got respiratory, sinus issues, we had to sleep outside. >> what's the condition of your room? >> we had to abandon it on the first day. we had sewage coming in the bathroom. the smell was horrific. there's no ac. >> so you have two twin boys? 11-year-old boys? >> i do, i do. and i miss them so much.
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>> and we have her heard that doctors on the ship have been saying to everyone, be sure to keep washing your hands. they do have water for that and also use hand sanitizer and abc news will be there throughout this night as the passengers come ashore. now we move on to another big headline today about the price of your home. a ray of light. there are new signs tonight that after six long years, the foreclosure kriss may be ending. at its peak, 367,000 homes in foreclosure. today, less than half that. and david muir is here with the news for your neighborhood. >> about time, right? this is a huge drop tonight in foreclosures across the country. the housing market slowly recovering. tonight what we didn't know. what's suddenly driving that drop in foreclosures. >> reporter: it is a stunning drop. the number of treasured homes slipping away from american families -- dropping to its lowest level in six years. down 28% across the nation a
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year ago. foreclosures down to an eye-popping 65% in california. suze orman quick to point out to us today. some of the banks there -- pushed to to something else. finally allowing homeowners to avoid foreclosure -- with what's called a short sale. and here's how it works. >> you owe $200,000, but your house is only worth $150,000. >> reporter: only worth 150,000 and the banks finally letting you sell for that. >> reporter: do you still owe $50 grand though? >> you're not still left with it, they wipe it off the board. the change comes too late for stephanie walker. she and her husband, bob, right before the collapse, they sold their property and used the profits to buy bigger. what so many did. then, the crash. they lost work and lost their house. they moved back home with her parents in chicago, documenting it all on her blog. love in the time of foreclosure. >> hi, david. welcome to our home. >> reporter: but tonight, they're back on solid ground.
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and back in california. >> this is my favorite room in the house. >> this time, renting. but she admits, the low mortgage rates are so tempting. >> that is where you get yourself into trouble. the other day, i saw an open house sign and i thought, i kind of want to see that house, i want to see what it looks like inside. and my husband said no. >> reporter: he said keep driving? >> exactly. >> reporter: passing an open house even in this improving housing market. which is smart. what do you say about the lesson in all of this? >> # i would say live below your means but within your needs. if you can afford to buy a 3,000 square foot home, buy a 2,000 square foot home. >> reporter: what do you make of her advice? >> it's brilliant. but it's really hard. >> shes that young family is smart to finish paying down their debt and rent and watch the market come back before they act. she says for families with solid
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jobs, a much different story. a new report, mortgage rates historic lows. it's a good time to buy if everything else in place for you. >> thanks so much, david. now it's official tonight, american airlines and u.s. airways announced a mega merger to create the biggest airline in the world. 130 million passengers a year. the american brand will live on. the u.s. air name will be retired. the merger deal still needs a stamp of approval from the department of justice, but it's not expected to stand in the way. next tonight, stunning news today that one of the most inspiring athletes in the world has been charged with murder. oscar pistorius, the first double-leg amputee to compete on a track in the olympics. he's charged with shooting his girlfriend. details are still eammerging an our correspondent based in africa has the news from
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pretoria, south africa tonight. >> reporter: who would have imagined the man who did this, could end up like this? accused of murder of his girlfriend, reeve steenkamp, a well known model in south africa, seen here in a cellphone commercial and a fixture on the red carpet. the two of them were a couple that demanded attention. pistorius lived in this luxury estate. here in south africa, crimee in the stories going around, that he shot his girlfriend, mistaking her for an intruder. but police have other suspicions. police say they received reports of neighbors hearing shouting before the shooting. >> reporter: pistorius's story
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of determination, legendary. his legs amputated when he was 11 months old. but with a pair of prosthetic blades, he was as fast as lightning. >> i've been given a phenomenal talent and i work hard to be where i am. >> reporter: he rose to paralympics champion and the first double amputee to compete in the olympics. but today, as word of the shooting spread, this nike ad with the words, i am the bullet in the chamber, was taken down from his site. >> he is someone who is celebrated as a humanitarian. to be in this position, it's shocking. >> reporter: just yesterday, steenkamp tweeted, what do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow? a day that would end in tragedy, leaving a world of admirers asking how an athlete who embodied a spirit of overcoming any obstacle is now facing a murder charge. and still overseas, we have
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word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote,
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it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense. this is a delay for the president. it's a setback for the president, but it's not a defeat. even hagel's strongest critic said he believes hagel will be confirmed, just not quite as soon as the president hoped. >> thanks so much, jonathan karl. still ahead on "world news," all of us on this planet are about to see a close encounter. what former astronauts are doing to watch out for the planet earth tonight. i'm lorenzo. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company, the united states postal service®, works for thousands of home businesses. because at®, you can pay, print and have your packages picked up for free.
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called da- 14 -- is the size of half a football field and it will be much closer than the moon. it will thread the needle between earth and the roughly 600 satellites around us, the ones that your cellphone relies on, possibly smashing one on its way by. but that's while you're thinking all of that is still a long, long way from all of us way down here, walking the streets -- you want to think again. the last close call turned out to be a direct hit. it was 1908 and the only thing -- luckily, it hit the middle of nowhere, siberia. decimating a thousand miles of trees, but no people. >> if a very large asteroid hit, i am talking about something that is miles across, it would probably create the same kind of disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs. >> reporter: amazingly, no one knew d4-14 was headed our way until a spanish dentist and amateur astronomer randomly discovered it a year ago. nasa doesn't have the resources
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to look for asteroids. which is why a trio of american astronauts and rocket scientists are raising money to launch their own asteroid warning system called sentinel -- a dedicated telescope scanning the stars for threats. >> this asteroid is a wake-up call. we should be looking out there. things do hit the earth. but scientists say we can keep the planet safe if we just know what's out there, headed our way. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> in the meantime, thank the dentist who spotted it. coming up next here, a kangaroo invasion on a kofl course. what happened? that's next in our instant index tonight. and career change, fidelity is there for your personal economy, helping you readjust your retirement plan along the way. rethink how you're invested. and refocus as your career moves forward. wherever you are today, a fidelity ira has a wide range of investment choices to help you fine-tune your personal economy. call today and we'll make it easy
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and you've heard of a rain delay, but how about a kangaroo delay? this was the scene at the women's australian open. a mop of kangaroos on the fairway. they are eastern gray kangaroos, seven feet tall, tun 20 pounds. they can jump six feet high and run 35 miles per hour. stampedes like this are on the rise in australia because of the drought there, sending the animals into human parks in search of grass and water. and meet the one man in america who is off the hook on this valentine's day. dave honeywell, he and his wife are the winners of a $217 million jackpot, and he bought the winning ticket in that richmond airport on a business trip. >> i told her, it's the best valentine's day present you're going to have. >> they both work at the defense department, get up at 4:00 a.m., commute 81 miles, and they say they're now going to retire. they're also going to retire
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>> reporter: alex pavlenko is about to go on the ultimate date. >> are you ready? >> i'm ready. >> reporter: this is all she knows about ed. a scrambled photo. they connected through a brand new mobile app called "crazy blind date," which matched them this is just one of the ways app happy singles are looking for love. more than 13 million a month. double the rate of a year ago. and as more people look for mr. right, right now, online dating sites are seeing fewer visitors. apps like "locals" and "singles around me," make instand love connections. >> watch. that blue dot is us. and all those red dots are potential dates within walking distance. those dots, literally, across the street. and the fastest growing -- tinder. so popular it grew 750% just last month.
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>> you can be dating all the time. from wherever you are. and that's really the key. >> reporter: sam yagan, ceo of "okay cupid," designs apps that deliver romance at warp speed. you just scheduled a date in 30 seconds. >> less than 30 seconds. >> i don't even have to ask her out. the machine did it for me. >> reporter: but can instant connections lead to lasting love? >> it went pretty well. >> reporter: but she's already logging on to "locals." you literally have 100 dates in the palm of your hand. >> i do, i do. >> reporter: turns out, you can hurry love. paula faris, abc news, new york. and on this valentine's day, i ask all of you to tweet me a picture of what love means to you. i pass on some of the different faces you sent us. the love in your lives. happy valentine's day. thank you for watching. we're always working for you at and "nightline" will be along later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight.
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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC February 14, 2013 6:30pm-7:00pm EST

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